National Press Club

Author says New York Times lacks strategy for digital age

June 27, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

Nikki Usher, author of "Making News at The New York Times," told a National Press Club audience June 25 that the newspaper lacks a strategy for the digital age.

Her book is based on five months she spent in the newsroom between January and June 2010, when she had unfettered access to meetings and reporters as they worked.

An internal report leaked a few weeks ago said the Times is stuck in print.

"That is largely what I found, " said Usher, an assistant professor in the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.

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Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Mother Jones top award winners in National Press Club journalism contest

June 25, 2014 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

The Wall Street Journal won three awards, while USA Today and Mother Jones won a couple each in the 2014 National Press Club Journalism contest.

Molly Ball of The Atlantic won the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis for her coverage of the divided Republican Party after the 2012 election. The Wall Street Journal won the Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award for its detailed look at lobotomies. The Washington Post won the Breaking News-Print award for its coverage of the Navy Yard mass shootings.

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry talks about his mistakes, accomplishments at Book Rap

June 20, 2014 | By Jan King | jan.king@live.com

Four-term Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry Jr. told a packed and highly emotional room at a June 19 National Press Club Book Rap that his new book, "Mayor for Life," was meant to tell “who he was” and give a fuller portrayal of himself beyond a well-publicized drug controversy.

He emphasized that an incident of drug use at the Vista Hotel was just a “sliver” of his life that happened 24 years ago. He said that he had admitted to it and asked for forgiveness from his wife as well as the community. He praised America as a great country that gives people second and third chances.

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Best-selling author Diana Gabaldon recounts launch of career

June 20, 2014 | By Joseph Luchok | Joseph.luchok@verizon.net

Best-selling author Diana Gabaldon told an audience in a packed National Press Club ballroom at a June 18 Book Rap that she had no idea what it took to become a novelist, so she wrote her first book to find out.

Her latest novel, "Written in My Own Heart's Blood," debuted at the top of the sales rankings, which contributed to the big crowd that filled the ballroom, including the balcony. The overflow spilled into the Holeman Lounge to watch the event on a closed-circuit broadcast.

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Drone advocates urge FAA regulations, fly drone in Club lobby

June 19, 2014 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

The lack of Federal Aviation Administration regulations is hampering the use of drones in photography, missing person searches, environmental monitoring, law enforcement and other activities, advocates said at a National Press Club Newsmaker event on June 18.

After the press conference, a commercial photographer and drone pilot, Parker Gyokeres, flew a helicopter-like drone approximately two feet in diameter in a cleared area of the Club lobby. The drone rose vertically to a height above the top of the flags and then descended.

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Portman, Van Hollen agree Iraq could break budget

June 18, 2014 | By Bob Weiner | weinerpublic@comcast.net

Two leading lawmakers on fiscal issues agreed that military action in Iraq could force Congress to break its current budget agreement at a National Press Club Newsmakers press conference on June 17.

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World Cup viewing draws international crowd to Club

June 17, 2014 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. | markschoeff@gmail.com

When the United States jumped out to an early lead and then overcame a late comeback by Ghana in the opening World Cup contest for both countries on June 16, the guests of honor at the National Press Club viewing were equally happy at each match development.

“I’m between two worlds. I have to be neutral,” said King Peggy Bartels of Otuam, Ghana, a naturalized U.S. citizen who also serves as the leader of village in Ghana, as she watched the game in the First Amendment Lounge.

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Director Shyamalan finds five keys to unlock inner city schools

June 12, 2014 | By Gavin Stern | Gavin.Stern@Scripps.com

Film director M.Night Shyamalan described two different schools at the National Press Club Luncheon June 11.

The first provided an “incredibly vibrant” environment, where students recognized Shyamalan and wanted to talk to him about his work.In the other school – an inner city one – he saw metal detectors, locked doors and bars on every classroom. The theater had burned down. The kids were treated like animals.

“They kind of recognized me and then said, ‘That’s not possible,’” Shyamalan said. “It’s very symbolic about what has been done to these kids.”

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Willie Geist of 'Morning Joe' raps with Dad Bill of 'CBS Morning Show' on their joint book

June 8, 2014 | By Joe Motheral | Joegm35@aol.com

Father and son duo Bill Geist, of "CBS Sunday Morning Show," and Willie Geist, of "Morning Joe," and the "Today Show" discussed their joint book, "Good Talk Dad: The Birds and the Bees..and Other Conversations we forgot to Have," at a book rap June 5.

Bill explained the later part of the title, “I couldn’t figure out why birds and bees to start with. They were backyard creatures.” Then he learned that, “Bees mate with the queen bee then drop dead.” He says he told Willy that a couple months ago.

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Panel of statistics experts offers four tips for reporters

June 5, 2014 | By Lori Russo | LRusso@stantoncomm.com

The National Press Club Journalism Institute sponsored a professional development session June 4 to explore the challenges journalists face when using statistics in reporting. The panelists, including NPC member Michelle Jamrisko of Bloomberg News, Sallie Keller of the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech University and Ron Wasserstein of the American Statistical Association, shared their insights on what journalists need to know to accurately report statistical information. Here are four tips they offered:

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